Our visit to China: Pandas, Peking duck — and Mandarins

WE FEATURE THE SWEET MOUNTAIN MANDARIN in our fall issue, so it’s fitting we’re writing the introduction while vacationing in China — where a version of the seedless, easy-to-peel fruit likely originated centuries ago. It’s “fall break,” and we decided to visit this exotic destination to explore its rich culture, enjoy the cuisine and see […]

Boz Scaggs: A food, wine & art proprietor

WE WERE IN THE HOUSE BACK IN 1988 when legendary rhythm and blues artist Boz Scaggs opened Slim’s nightclub and restaurant in San Francisco. Few people imagined Slim’s would help launch the city’s hip South of Market neighborhood (or “SoMa”), now home to the Museum of Modern Art (1995), ”live/work” lofts, Airbnb and Uber, the […]

Building bridges between our foothills and Napa wineries

Nell Esterhazy Scannon, an accomplished equestrian, author and food and wine connoisseur from Nevada City, is now living and working at Jarvis Estate winery and vineyards in Napa. Her family — including Phil and Belinda Rush Carville — is well-known and successful in the foothills. We fondly remember Nell telling us the history of the […]